Truckee girls cross-country nabs 2nd at 26-team Stanford Invitational
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee High School cross-country squads reached the mid-point of their season last weekend with top performances at the largest cross country meet in Northern California, the 43rd Annual Stanford Invitational.
The girls team missed winning the CIF Division 4 race by just three points, while the boys team finished in 18th place in a competitive field of 34 teams. Nearly all the varsity participants earned new personal records on the 5K course.
The CIF defines Division 4 as schools with enrollment between 600 and 1200, so Truckee occupies the extreme low end of the student population spectrum, which makes their success all the more impressive.
The varsity girls showed they can dominate the competition beyond the NIAA against schools nearly twice their size. They battled against 26 California teams and nearly 200 runners, narrowly losing only to Coronado of San Diego, 109 to 111. They upset Mayfield of Pasadena, who placed third at the California state meet last November.
Leading the way for the girls was Brenna Wapstra-Scott, who broke the 19-minute barrier — only the third girl in school history to do so — with her 12th-place finish in 18 minutes, 51 seconds. Carrie Bradley was 16th (19:11), followed by Isabella Terrazas in 27th (19:32), Claire Lang-Ree in 30th (19:37), Syra Fillat in 31st (19:40), Lily Robertson in 43rd (20:02) and Amanda Rae in 112th (21:43).
Head Coach Rob McClendon was impressed by the girls ability to run together through the first mile.
“We ran a good team race, and I knew it was going to be close for the team win,” he said.
While the girls varsity team is all seniors with the exception of freshman impact runner Terrazas, the boys team is a mix of sophomores through seniors. Senior Ian Smith has been the Wolverines’ No. 1 runner all season and Stanford was no exception, as he ran the second-fastest 5K time in school history.
In a field of 225 runners, Smith finished in 24th place with a time of 16:29. He was followed by sophomore Calin Laine in 55th (17:05), senior Hudson Verbeck, back from injury, in 98th (17:41), sophomore Ids Propstra in 119th (17:56), junior Tyler Ferrera in 177th (19:00) and sophomore Harry Rodriguez in 209th (19:43).
The boys team performance improved their Nevada state rankings.
“This week we were working on team running with the boys and it paid off big time,” McClendon said. “The boys are now ranked second in the Northern Nevada and second in the state in Division 3A.“
Next up is the Clovis Invitational on Saturday. This is another showcase meet, which is held on the same course as the California state championships over Thanksgiving weekend. In the NIAA, the state championship meet in Las Vegas happens a full three weeks earlier, so the countdown clock is ticking for the Wolverines.